Dinosaur Extinction Theories Essay

Dinosaur Extinction Theories
Presents several extinction theories and the thought process behind them.
# 29492 | 1,118 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2003 | US
Published on Jul 30, 2003 in Biology (General) , Geology and Geophysics (General)

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This paper discusses the method of scientific thinking in theories surrounding the extinction of the dinosaur. It examines several theories, from the outlandish (mental disorders, constipation, mass suicide) to the most widely accepted ones (climatic changes, gradual die-out). The author then combines two theories to create one of his own (a shift in the earth's orbit which initiated climatic and biological changes).

From the Paper:

"Over the years our ability to gather evidence from the geologic record has increased. New evidence can do many things to our ideas. It can reinforce them or invalidate them or even create new directions for truth seekers to go. The more valid theories fall into two categories, gradual die out and sudden catastrophic event. Most geologic changes occur gradually so this fact alone gives these theories some credibility. Climactic changes can be devastating over long periods of time, as can biological changes."

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